The Delhi Police Crime Branch is ready to nab Maulana Muhammad Saad as sources said that team of Crime Branch might question the Tablighi leader and people named in the FIR on Monday or Tuesday.
It is also been said that the Crime Branch might include doctors in the team to ensure that Maulana Saad doesn't get an escape route, sources told IANS on Sunday.
Sources said Maulana Saad might make excuses to avoid questioning like he might say that he has just come from home quarantine, therefore, he won't be ready to support the inquiry immediately. He may additionally say that since he was in quarantine from the last 14 days, therefore, he's not aware of the present situation of the Jamaat headquarters and he needs time to speak to his colleagues.
When asked how will the Crime Branch counter Maulana's excuses, a Delhi Police Crime Branch official on the condition of anonymity told IANS: "We are thinking of including a team of doctors so that he can't evade the questioning now."
Maulana Saad and his colleagues may need to be applied for anticipatory bail, to which the official said: "Law is available for everyone. The accused will have to join the questioning. Till now, we have been told that the main accused has been in home quarantine. Now, we will question him."
The official said it's not important where the questioning takes place, we'll roll in the hay at the place of our choice.
When Maulana Saad was under quarantine, why didn't his colleagues appear before the Crime Branch or why were they not arrested, to which he said: "We have collected all the evidences. Now it is important to question Maulana Saad and others named in the case. Probably, every accused will be questioned separately and then they will be confronted."
What will be the first question of the Crime Branch team to Maulana, the officer said: "Why was such a huge gathering called despite repeated warnings from the police, SDM, WHO and health department of Delhi government?"
When asked which will there be evidences left now, the Crime Branch official said: "We don't need any evidence as of now. The further line of investigation will be prepared on the basis of the statements of the accused."
Responding to the questions on Maulana Saad's insistence of meeting police within the Markaz headquarters, his whereabouts and delay in questioning, the official said: "All such news have been spread by the media. We are doing what needs to be done. We are ready with everything. Till now were waiting for his quarantine period to be over because social distancing is important during this pandemic spread."
On Maulana's medical examination during quarantine period and whether some documents have been seized or not, the Crime Branch official said: "There is a difference between how the media works and our work. It is not the right time to say anything on it."